Josh Hawkins confirmed by board to head UofL alumni relations, annual giving


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville Board of Trustees yesterday confirmed Josh Hawkins as assistant vice president for alumni relations and annual giving.

    Hawkins has served the dual role of chief operating officer and interim assistant vice president for the department since November, 2015. 

    On staff since 2010, Hawkins was instrumental in the merger of the annual giving program with the office of alumni relations in 2013. That move improved efficiency and paved the way for new programs.

    Improvements under Hawkins include staff development, restructure of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, creation of a revenue-generating sponsorship program, organization of an alumni engagement metric model and an innovative annual giving program.

    “My future vision is to sustain our growth through a diverse array of engagement and philanthropic opportunities to service alumni, friends and donors of this great institution,” Hawkins said. “We have the team in place to continue to build upon our current success while strengthening our relationships with internal and external stakeholders.”

    Hawkins holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Western Kentucky University, where he started his career in alumni relations. He has held numerous leadership positions within the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), most recently serving on the District III Board of Directors.

     “I have been very fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful mentors throughout my career,” he said. “I look forward to using that experience to further advance our unit for the community and university.”

    For more information, contact Lindsay Wehr, director of advancement communications, at 502-262-5434 or


    Niki King
    Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.